May 24, 2020

Belfast bridge

Thank you for mentioning the two formal meetings on whether or not locals should vote yes to save Belfast’s footbridge, a deteriorating structure that is the subject of a referendum vote Nov. 5. The citizens group Friends of the Bridge will hold an open-house-like event from 2-7 p.m., this Sunday, Oct. 13 at the footbridge and in the neighboring warehouse formerly owned by Stinson Seafood.

Our five-hour celebration, called “Making the Connection,” will provide information about the current use of the footbridge, its place in our history, and its role in our future. We will start at 2 with a line of some 200 people spanning the 1,000-foot length of the bridge to show how in a very real way this footbridge connects the two sides of our city. We’ll have the results of a yearlong survey of bridge use which establishes its value as a bicycle/pedestrian way of local, regional and national significance that draws around 28,000 visits per year. And we’ll have on display the works of more than a dozen noted artists who have used the bridge as either the subject of their creations or a vantage point. And from 5-7 p.m., we’ll host an artists reception.

You don?t have to live in Belfast to be a friend of the bridge; we’ve heard from scores of folks who travel to Belfast just to fish off one of the few structures that lets you enjoy the ocean without needing a boat. Please join us on Belfast’s waterfront Oct. 13. It might be the last chance any of us have to really celebrate this lovely old bridge.

Tammy Lacher Scully


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